Grateful Dead Live at Fox Theatre on 1977-05-18
Friend Of The Devil
New Minglewood Blues
It Must Have Been The Roses
Lazy Lightnin' ->
The Music Never Stopped
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet ->
Eyes Of The World ->
The Other One ->
Stella Blue ->
Around And Around
-- All disc changes are seamless
-- I can confirm 100% that this comes from the vault master reel
-- Like other copies, this has the radio bleeding through
-- Bleed through only heard during tuning between some songs
-- Reel flip in The Other One fixed with crossfade
Subject: 40 Years Ago Today
Subject: Sign The Mona Lisa With A Spray Can, Call It Art...
Subject: Betty Board
Subject: my 2 cents
Subject: I am over 35 years old
Subject: Recording credit ????
Subject: Sublime Show, Exquisite Fidelity
Set 1 just exudes more of that rock-solid confidence, if not Cornell sublimity; the back tier of the set, from LL until the end of MNS - is awesomely dialed in.
Set 2's suite is a masterwork - Estimated > Eyes > Drums > Other One > Stella > A&A. Every tune has something unique and beautiful about it, particularly that colossal Other One and the fragile, downright *virginal* Stella - don't forget about that Brokedown encore, either!
Subject: i say no on the Deal opener
Subject: Great show!!
Subject: "this day in history"
to all the heads that attended a show, when you download one, please leave a comment in the reviews, so many were there but not that many leave a testimony to their road trips, tells us what happened that day, its always great to hear the stories. regrettably, almost no one under the age of 35 has ever seen the dead, so please add a little of your own color to the fabric here on the archive....time to donate!
tight show overall, like most shows in this era of the dead
Subject: On Par
Subject: Massive Other One
Subject: Classic Performance, Top of May 77
To add my two cents to whatever was being argued or debated about Donna and Ketih's contributions verses Brent era stuff, I really think its futile to try say that either era was "better or worse".
There are many gems hidden throughout the 80s that many 70s lovers would have dismissed and not listened to. 85', 87', 89', and 90' are all peak years and feature undeniably strong performances. But anybody who says that the Brent band was better than the Keith and Donna band is smoking too much DMT. It's just not a worthy tit-for-tat. The band was younger, more ambitious, and playing longer, more drawn-out jams in the 70s.
If you don't like Donna's off-key vocals, then there is an argument to be made about how every member of the Dead really actually sucks at singing (none of them have traditional on-key vocals). And Keith did go downhill no-doubt (some shows from this month even display sloppy fills on his part) but listening to his contributions throughout the 70s, and the fact that Jerry had him as part of his band, show that they were integral to the scene, and not to be undermined.
I almost like Keith's often submissive approach to playing, because it allows Garcia, Lesh, and drummers to play more furiously, and as for "From the Heart of Me", I think we all deserved a bathroom break at some point, same goes for "I Will Take You Home". Snoooze.
Subject: stuck up heads...
great recording amazing sound, dick picked the night before, listened to that show to many times and am very happy to happy to find this
Subject: Superb Estimated>Eyes
Subject: Only Time Opening With Deal?
Great CM sound, what else could you want?
Subject: Before You Get Onboard, Sir....
Yeah, I think it might be. :-)
Recordings of this quality spoil you for everything else.
Thank you, Charlie. (And thanks for rattling the dust off the top of my sub woofer as well ! ) ;-)
Subject: Pure ear candy
And also I know what you guys are saying - I'm a huge Keith fan (not so much Donna) and the 70's are definitely their best decade, but I actually love at least a few shows every year, up until 1994 at least. Honestly I don't think these guys were ever weak at all. Certain times they were more on-point but literally every show I've ever heard, even the ones that overall weren't that great, still had at least one special moment.
Subject: well said adks
Subject: Another rebuttal
Brent was definitely a talented player and singer but frankly the setlists suffered shortly after he joined the band and a couple years into the 80s Jerry went downhill (some combination of substance abuse and enjoying JGB more than the Dead I would guess). Add the presence of Drums/Space in every show instead of good songs and they lost me for sure. I always find myself skipping though shows after 1981 to find the "good stuff" while 70s shows I listen to all the way through.
I know there's an element of to each his own but you have to recognize that the furious pace of some early 80s shows was a result of cocaine and often times they were playing way too fast on some songs..so much so that they lost some of the feeling and Jerry 's throat was so numb he couldn't even sing a lot of the time.
This show is classic, tight, excellent Grateful Dead. I generally prefer 1972-1975 but there is no doubting that the band was in a peak in 1977 and some of the shows are just unreal...including this one.
Subject: Ultimate Stella
Subject: 2:30 into deal
PS not a shabby show either :)
Subject: listening to the first set while
Subject: drums i never see on review
Subject: gotta luv the internet
Subject: March 15 Review Rebuttal
Subject: Longest Stella ever?
I really can't say enough about the Stella Blue from this show. The transition from the Other One and the excruciatingly slow and luscious pace make this 15+ minute Stella an all-timer.
Subject: having a hard time buying into the hype
i love the bass tone and the overall brightness of their sound during this period... having grown up on 80s GD though, the tempo just seems so sluggish to me; Keith is on autopilot most of these jams and Donna is just awful, very rarely singing in pitch -- if the band is on top of its game it is despite of keith & donna. (sorry for the harsh assessment but my ears don't deceive me.)
guess you had to be there?
really trying to branch out beyond Brent but w/ very few exceptions the rest of it doesn't really ever measure up.
what's a good starting point?
wish there was a way to zero out Donna's sucky vocals, lame.
does anybody honestly think she was a value-add at any time in this band?
i think "from the heart of me" and "france" might be as much as i can stomach from her; "passenger" backups perhaps.
Subject: The eyes have it
Subject: At the top of their game
Thanks Dead, thanks Carlie Miller, thanks Archive!!
Subject: Thanks again Mr. Charlie Miller
Subject: Ah, to be 20 once again